North Goa

On the penultimate day we had a trip to the northern most tip of Goa, to Tiracol Fort, which is supposed to be a site for Yellow-eyed Babbler. Unfortunately we didn't see any but saw several other woodland species and Stork-billed Kingfisher at this site. Park at the Car Park in front of the fort and bird the woody slopes down to the Tiracol River on one side and the open scrubby area on the other side of the car park.

Tiracol River & Mandrem Beach Abhi found a small blue flycatcher in the wooded area, which he likened to a Pygmy Blue Flycatcher in the field guide. Unfortunately we could not locate the bird to confirm its identity.

On the way to Tiracol Fort we walked along Mandrem Beach, which is supposed to be the most likely site for Crab Plover. We saw none but did see Brown-headed and Pallas' Gull plus a few common waders.

Arambol Beach On returning from Tiracol we visited Arambol Beach where there is a site for Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher. To reach this site you should walk right along the main beach over a rocky area past some café's and bars until you reach a second beach with a lake at the back of the beach. A small stream running down a wooded hillside forms the lake. It is up this stream that Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher has been reported.
There is a path up the left hand side of the stream reached from the beach past a bamboo house. The path is signposted. It is possible to get down to the stream and walk up its bed. The area is extremely scenic. I did not see any birds of interest and was disturbed by a naked, stoned gentleman asking for a light for a strange looking cigarette. I hastily retreated back to the beach.

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